Red Sox manager John Farrell has not seen A’s starter Sonny Gray pitch in person.
A few hours from now, he won’t be able to say that. Gray starts for the first time Sunday afternoon (10:30 a.m. in the Bay Area) in Fenway Park. Even without having seen Gray, Farrell talks like he knows the second-year Oakland starter is the real deal.
“He’s a guy that’s got very good stuff,’’ Farrell said Sunday morning. “He’s going to be in the low- to mid-90s (mph) and with a very good curveball. And from what we’ve come to understand, he’s a very confident young pitcher that’s gotten to the big leagues quick.
“He pitched in a very advanced program at Vanderbilt and he doesn’t back away from or fear the Major League challenge. That’s evident by the numbers that he’s put up this year.’’